Thoughts On Life After People

I was watching the History Channel’s Life After People and it was a great film but seemed to have some gaping holes in its presentation and logic. The doomsday message that Life After People is stark and thought-provoking, but leads to the unanswered question of: “How can something like this happen, where the entire human population is wiped out, but with Earth remaining the way it is”.

One particular segment was that on the Hoover dam, and I found it strange that the spokesperson claimed that the Hoover dam could operate without the need for human intervention for months at end. Doesn’t it beg the question of “Then why are you guys working there?”

Some parts led to interesting thoughts, with me thinking about why the Golden Gate Bridge painted the colour that it is, instead of conventional colours of black or grey. Well it turns out that the Golden Gate Bridge has always been painted orange vermilion, deemed “International Orange.” Rejecting carbon black and steel gray, Consulting Architect Irving Morrow selected the distinctive orange color because it blends well with the span’s natural setting as it is a warm color consistent with the warm colors of the land masses in the setting as distinct from the cool colors of the sky and sea. It also provides enhanced visibility for passing ships. If the U.S. Navy had its way, the Bridge might have been painted black and yellow stripes to assure even greater visibility for passing ships.

Many people ask how to obtain International Orange Paint – it’s easy-your paint store can mix it with the following information: The PMS code is 173 or the CMYK colors are: C= Cyan: 0%, M =Magenta: 69%, Y =Yellow: 100%, K = Black: 6%. (Golden Gate Bridge facts)

Other that those several gaps in it, the film is fascinating, and pulls from real-world examples such as that from Chernobyl disaster. It has great narration through a time line of hypothetical situations, and shows what happens to Earth after humans disappear 1 day, 1 year, 10 years, 10000 years into the future.

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Alvin Poh lives in Singapore, and is interested in marketing, techy stuff, and likes to just figure out how the two can work with each other. He can also be found on Google+.

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